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marred by fraud, president karzai and his rival pulls out. president obama sends 30,000 more troops to afghanistan part of the surge. 180 die as ethnic violence erupts in western china haven't troops are sent in to restore order. western leaders accuse iran of building a second nuclear plant diss despite a u.n. ban. six years after the invasion, american troops hand over power in towns and cities. welcome to this week's news review, major stories seen on bbc during the second half of 2009. in july, six years after american-led forces invaded iraq, president obama has announced thetch withdrawn from the country's towns and cities but he warped difficult days lay ahead as iraqis celebrated. a car bomb in the northern city killed 25 people. e bbc's jim muir witnessed events in baghdad. >> despite the bombs an iraqi victory parade to celebrate the last american leaving baghdad and other cities. on the streets, jubilation. across the board, everyone is glad to see the americans go, it means iraqis are back in charge. >> today we saw great pleasure mixed with deep sorrow. the pleasure of
to have -- that's part of the equation, and we have to have the karzai government show us that we -- it is going to truly reform. >> let's start with the karzai government, senator mccain. while you are there, president karzai is trying another time to get his cabinet approved. if he does not have faith that these people are not corrupt, if we can't get to that simple first step, how can we build institutions or repair roads and put them to work and educate them in afghanistan and build the confidence that trust the central government and not the taliban? >> they have a long way to go in the area of corruption. but the fact the parliament rejected his nominees, i think you can see a democratic process moving forward. president karzai recognizes what he just has been through was an important lesson to him. we have to keep pressing on the corruption issue. let me tell you two other things that concern me. first of all, i think we have the right strategy and the right resources and the right leadership. we went outside kandahar to an operating base where americans and afghan soldiers
with on for hours. this came a day after president hamid karzai tuck -- calls for talks with the taliban in london. talking to the insurgents is an idea that is not gaining ground as a way to end a conflict here. president karzai's election opponent has announced his support. >> i do believe we should reach out to the people we are fighting against in these provinces. we should reach out to them like brothers. we will see if there are people who will speak to us. they only want to bring the state down. they do not believe in the process. >> behind-the-scenes, it appears the contact is being made. a western official told the bbc that the un special envoy was seeking talks with the representative from the taliban leadership. we could not confirm whether discussions had taken place. all the afghan government has been publicly reaching out to the taliban, it is not clear what the movement will do. it seems unlikely taliban leadership will engage in talks any time soon. instead, continuing to lead an insurgency which is growing in strength year by year. bbc news, kabul. >> russia has carried out the fi
. the fighting was to last for hours. this all came a day after president thomas karzai called for talks with the taliban at a conference in london. he unveiled a plan to win over foot soldiers. talking to the insurgents is an idea that is gaining ground as a way to end conflict. president karzai's election -- opponent has announced support. >> i do think we need to reach out the people. we need to do that province by province, locality by locality, and see if there are willing -- if there are people willing to join us. they do not believe in democratic process. >> from behind the scenes, it appears as if contact has been made. a western official told us the u.n. special on boy to the country has had secret talks with a representative from the taliban leadership. they refuse to confirm whether any discussions have taken place. while the afghan government has been publicly reaching out to the taliban, it is not clear what the movement will do. it seems unlikely the taliban leadership will engage in talks any time soon. continuing to lead an insurgency, it is growing in strength the year
hamid karzai told the conference that is country is moving slowly toward national security but that training security forces could take years. at an opening session this morning, the british and that an leaders and the un secretary general outlined their goals for the conference. . . >> in the last year britain has suffered hundreds of fatalities per he to the countries represented today recognizes that this mission is vital for our national security. it is vital to the stability of this crucial region and it is vital to the security of our world. we set out last autumn on strategies and we're making progress. the military search is turning to the tide against the taliban- led insurgency. it is at the same time building the capacity of the afghan forces who are fighting alongside us. a civilian surge is insuring that areas are cleared of the taliban and our stabilization teams go in to work with local to halt ground that has been a superdelegate. britain is proud that we lead the largest civilian reconstruction team in afghanistan. during 2009, we doubled the number of brit
government as well. guest: years ago when he met with hamid karzai at a dinner, someone said to him, mr. president, how are you going to address this problem of corruption? in fact, he said, what problem? joe biden, famously -- dinner was over -- he threw his napkin down and said, this dinner is over, and walked out. nothing has happened to defrost his relations with president karzai. both biden and richard holbrooke have terrible relations with karzai. host: james traub is with us to talk about the influence of joe biden. republicans, 202-737-0001. democrats, 202-737-0002. independents, 202-628-0205. you can send us an e-mail or tweet us at. next phone call. caller: i think our president is doing very well. if we wanted joe biden as president, he would be president. i like the idea that our president is intelligent. he is not a puppet, like the last eight years. i think he is doing what he is supposed to be doing. host: james traub? guest: i guess i would agree, in general. he believes he could be a good president. i believe this is almost a desirable alternative. he is a very knowledg
on attacks in the capital of kabul. >> we're hearing at this moment th afghan president karzai said security has been restored to kabul but this comes after a deadly attack and fierce gun battles and potential for more attacks today. five people including a child were killed. nearly 40 people wounded in these attacks. taliban gunmen some wearing suicide vests launched coordinated assault on the presidential palace and ministry buildings. militants were holed up inside a burning shopping center that was quickly surrounded by security forces but first responders, emergency workers and police came under heavy fire from taliban sharpshooters. another suicide bomber driving an ambulance set off a huge blast. president karzai said in a statement that the enemies of afghanistan are trying to spread father among kabul citizens. he ordered security officials to do their best to make arrests right away. nbc news is reporting that western intelligence officials say there could be a good number of taliban suicide bombers still on there's in the capital today. eun, back to you. >>> now to the latest out
. the book centers on this incident which i described where u.s. special operators blocked hamid karzai's planned governor for kabul. she interweaves into it a very well-written and interestingly a history that is well-written, well-organized, and based on a lot of her own research with the original sources. a second really important understanding of the country can be gotten from joe haversty's book "the opium season" which details a year in which he was involved in as a subcontractor in the usaid efforts in 2 004-2005 to provide alternative livelihood's to draw with the work force from up opium production. it gives a great view of the violence and corruption. and moreover it shows the bureaucratic profiteering and dysfunction that is increasing the complexity and cost of our involvement, not just in war, but in development. a third source, and i think it is outstanding if you want to understand the country is rory stewart, who within weeks after the fall of the taliban walked to kabul in the winter which is supposed to kill you and through pashtun villages and described that experienc
've just actually just straight from a meeting with president karzai of afghanistan who here in london for this conference. and i think it's important that the government of afghanistan does more to demonstrate that it's toughing out corruption. that it's embarking on property government and proper reform. but i think we should be clear, you know, we're not in afghanistan. to back up one particular government or one particular individual. and i don't think we're in afghanistan, frankly, to produce the perfect jeffersonian democracy. we're there because we do nt want ala and the taliban to have control of that country again. and we should have a pretty hard-headed view that what we are in this for is some basic level of stability and security so that country doesn't threaten our own security back at home any more. >> do you believe -- >> and in that case we did:bring our troops home. >> rose: do you believe that can be achieved in the next two years because the president said et cetera's going to begin to think about bringing american troops back after 18 months. >> my view is, obviousl
in town bolstering support for karzai's government as well as the summit later this month. >> lama hasan in kabul, thanks. >>> and now to the quake zone where survivors are still being pulled from the rubble after being buried for over 100 hours. >> and relief efforts are expected to get a big boost from a former president. >> good morning, the clock is ticking to save those buried in the rubble and to get aid to those left with nothing. >> reporter: some prayers were answered in haiti where the scope of the disaster matches the human suffering. this 6-year-old boy was pulled overnight from a home that collapsed after tuesday's 7.2 earthquake. in another part of the city, another miracle, this woman survived 126 hours under rubble before she was rescued. >> it's a very wonderful night because we've worked almost 26 hours straight for those two survivors. immediately now, we need to start working some more for additional survivors. >> reporter: though for every rescue story time is running out for countless other victims. former president bill clinton forecasts to this area with food, wat
. the attacks came as president karzai swore in some members of his new cabinet. >> as we took the oath ceremony this were terrorist attacks still ongoing near the presidential palace. this is one of the dangers which afghanistan faces. there are other dangers which are more dangerous and the damage from theman be bigger. these other dangers are from both inside and outside the country. >> reporter: as dusk approaches here in kabul, quiet has returned to the city streets. but the success of this attack by the taliban cannot be measured in conventional military terms. its impact is mainly psychological and political. and in both those areas, it was an undoubted success. david chater, al jazeera, kabul. >>> in turkey the man who shot pope john paul ii nearly 29 years ago was set free. mehmet ali agca was released from a prison on the outskirts of ankara and taken from the scene in a motorcade. you'll recall he shot the pope in st. peter's square in may 1981. two years later, the pontiff visited him in prison and forgave him for the shooting. all these years later, authorities are still uncertain w
. not so much optimism so much that they have received that hamid karzai is the winner and the united states is in again in a big way. >> is there also a reality in that their daily lives are improving? >> the improvements have been gradual. there is only a little improvement on transportation and education. there is no improvement on their sense of security from the taliban. they have seen some improvements. they are not dramatic. what has changed is their estimation of what the next few years will bring. they are staking out their future that the americans will somehow prevail. >> looked, they're saying this strategy is working. flexed too early to say that it is working, but i would say that there is a battle for the sections to be one -- >> it is too early to say that it is working, but i would said there's a battle for the elections of the future. afghanistan may be turning a corner. but there's also a lot wrong with the ordinary lives of afghans. over the last five years it has increased, but it could fade away. >> you mentioned that people were aware that the election was fraud
stated to be beginning about 18 months after to give karzai and his regime enough time to stand up and fight for itself. we will see. host: we have our numbers on the screen and we will get to the calls in immelman. -- in a moment. you laid out a number of issues which have to be practical issues that have to be dealt with, but the fact of the matter is that you bring vietnam and it becomes a political issue as well. tell us how you view this as a political issue. guest: the lesson that we need to learn, i think, from john kennedy's experience is this. he was with -- he was withdrawing at the time. we have the classified documents. but he did not tell the truth to the american people why? for political reasons. he wanted to get it reelected in 1964. he had begun to order the withdrawal in 1963. host: and these would have been the trainer said you talked about. guest: 16,000 of visors, not combat troops. but my point is that obama should not repeat that experience. he is clearly going to do the best that we can in a given amount of time, but what we face the prospect -- if we face t
karzai and with his cabinet on numerous occasions, notably with the trip that hillary clinton and i had made to afghanistan on october 18 and 19 in conjunction with the inauguration. the afghans understood this, they are very comfortable with it. so i need to underscore that's what july 2011 means. not a withdraw, but the start of a responsibility transition in which american combat troops will begin to draw down. on the second question and in regard to pakistan, i'm not sure quite how you phrase it. strobe, you made a generic comment? >> mike hamlin and his colleagues have put together a set of bench marks on sort of how things are going. and the trend that they feel they have identified in pakistan is ominous, negative by comparison with a year ago. >> yeah. i read mike's monthly, it's quarterly, actually, isn't it? i read mike's quarterly table with great interest. and it@@@@@@p it's a common problem i've seen in every war i've been involved in. let's not confuse the number of cell phones with low the war is going. let's not minimize that cell phone penetration is a hugely important
president hamid karzai declared the situation was under control. about mid morning, several, maybe as many as a dozen or so taliban militants stormed government buildings, including the ministry of justice and ministry of finance, they also took over a shopping mall and a movie theater. this was a very complex, very well organized attack. about an hour after the first shots were fired, an ambulance pulled up to a police checkpoint, in theory there to help the hurt and wounded, but an insurgent was inside and detonated a bomb, killing at least one person at that site. over the entire area, about a 2-mile area where all the attacks were going on, five people were killed and nearly 40, jane, were injured. jane: connor, these attack necessary kabul generally have been happening more and more. what impact are they having? >> jane, it's been devastating here. the international community, much of it is pulling back, some of the international community is pulling out. i talked to international workers, aid workers, u.n. staff, every day to say they're leaving. it's simply too dangerous here. i sho
gear as losing its cachet and they point to the fact that president karzai began wearing this hat as an attempt to devise the war broke the was afghan rather than fm or regional but there is a quote in here from an afghani saying now it is clear mr. karzai is a passion. do you have confidence in the government, do you have concerns? >> guest: i have confidence and concerns just as i did in iraq. we have to understand the huge challenges the leaders in both of these countries face literally just in staying alive. i got to know hamid karzai when i first got to afghanistan at the beginning of 2002 when he had only been in office a few weeks himself. eight years later he's still in office facing extraordinarily challenges. and there are clearly a lot of problems and things he has to work on and things we have to do in support of him but i had the opportunity to get to know him personally and whatever hat he may be wearing at the moment one thing i absolutely persuaded is he is an afghan national list. >> host: next on call river hit new york on the republican line. >> caller: ambassad
. >>> the afghan parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the new cabinet of president hamid karzai. 17 of 24 nominations were rejected by afghan lawmakers. the vote is a serious setback for karzai, coming on the heels of his controversial re-election as president. >>> somehow, some way, a suicide bomber managed to slip onto a u.s. base in afghanistan without being searched, killing seven cia officers. now a terror group is taking credit for wednesday's attack, praising a possible double agent. cnn's atea bowie is in kabul with the very latest. >> reporter: the question that remains is just how a suicide bomber was able to make it onto an american base in eastern afghanistan, detonate his vest and kill seven cia agents. american officials here in afghanistan still are not talking about just how he was able to do that. the taliban claiming that he was actually an afghan soldier, a soldier that they were able to convince to switch allegiances rather than fighting with the u.s. forces, fighting against the u.s. forces. and the taliban claimed that they will continue to infiltrate the afghan army
ghanistan saf and r own country sar. >> rose: d president karzai s anything toou that assured you of whatever misgivingsou might have about corruption and the dependence ofis governmen on foreignelp. >> well, i have rsed-- i've been leader of the opposition for four years. i'veeen to afanistan every year. i've matt president karzai on pretty much every occasion. i thinit was the sixth time iave met him this morning. what say is ihave always raised the issue of corruption. and the assurances e alwa given. but we nd to do more, there is nooubt there is still a level corruptn. it is to the just in the ghan government, but in me of the provinces as well you know, i think we can have an overromant sized view about the sorof country afghanian is. it is a desperatelyoor cotry in a very backwards stage of develment. and we have to have realistic assessmes of what we can achieve. >> rose: and i in fact, the liban gain control of afghanistan it will prode a haven for al qaeda which is unceptable. >> of course. i mes that's why 're there. it's becausehat when the liban were runnin afghanist
described where u.s. special operators blocked karzai's planned governor for kabul but she interweaves into it a very well written and interestingly -- history that is well written and well organized and -- and based on a lett of her own research with the original sources, a second reading -- rell important understanding of the country can be gotten from joel's book the opium season. and that details a year in which he was involved in a -- as a -- subcontractor in u.s. a.i.d. efforts in 2004 and 2005 to provide alternative livelihoods, to -- to draw away the work force from opium production. and it gives a great view of the violence and corruption and this complex tribal and world relations. and moreover, it shows the bureaucratic prove fit tiering and dysfunction that -- is -- is increasing the complexity and cost of our involvement, not just in war but in -- in development. a third source and it is outstanding if you want to understand the country is roshy stewart, wo within weeks after the fall of the taliban walked from iraq to kabul in the winter, which is supposed to kill you. an
for 300 million dollars from senator nelson what is your thought? >> we speak to karzai in afghanistan about cleanup your corruption. when the person looks this way and says here you can get my vote if you save all these hundreds of millions but somebody has to pay that bill. we can't pay the unfunded mandated bills in tennessee now. we have no capital projects for our colleges, do we cut k-12? do away with our highway patrol? >> greta: would you use the word corruption? >> i don't know it is corrupt. but i think it is immoral. >> greta: will you let us know if you hear from the white house? >> i can guarantee you will be the first call i make. >> greta: good, thank you congressman. >> thanks. >> greta: next, everyone's favorite the best of the rest. who has the all local, all morning dasy to invade rush -- who had the audacity to invade who had the audacity to invade this is the card that bought the saw... that cut the lumber... that built the extra space i needed to store more produce... that she sold to me to make my menu more organic. introducing ink from chase. the card that helpe
in the strained review from the time of the karzai re-election there until the time of the west point speech. i think it's interesting that he has rallied a majority support now for his decision. of course, the left is not happy, but the left is not happy with president obama over many things from last year. and it was a tough year to rally the base for the election. >> bret: charles? >> if a democratic congress in 2007 and 2008 were to fund the iraq war, which it dispeased led by president bush who was also despised, there is no way in which democratic house and senate will deny obama the funds in the afghan war which democrats insisted year after year after year in the bush years was the good war, the right war and just war. obama took a long time and the fact he deliberated so long indicated how uncomfortable he was with the decision he ultimately took and that was aggravated by the fact immediately as we saw on the clip, immediately after announce ing thing thae i addition he said we're withdrawaling in 18 months. he said it's a hard date. it doesn't mean that everybody leave bus the beginn
and continued well after afghan president hamid karzai publicly declared the situation under control. sushtsing attack -- insurgents attacked a hotel, shopping mall, ministry and justice an finance. at least six people were killed and 70 wounded. half of them afghan civilians. attacks like this are occurring more often in kabul and each one appears better planned than the last one. the taliban according to senior u.s. military officials have two things going for them. organization and resources. the recent attacks show how much reach they have. despite massive military reach in kabul, the afghan government has not been successful in stopping the attacks and the taliban is promising to continue hitting afghan government facilities and international buildings over the winter. bret? >> bret: connor powell in kabul. iran is vowing to take revenge on israel and the u.s. for the bombing that killed a physics professor last week. the u.s. denied involvement. israel is not commenting. also today, the iran foreign minister otaki is said iran has exchanged messages with major powers regarding its nuclear
to attack this plane head today america. >> afghanistan's parliament delivering a stinging blow to karzai, voting down 17-24. karzai said he will make new nominations, it's unclear when. in another high stakes political issue the chief of afghanistan as election commission says a parliamentary vote will be held in may despite widespread international concerns. north carolina is going smoke free. effective today the leading tobacco producing state is banning in restaurants and bars and relative late comers in the tobacco ban. becoming 29th ban in restaurants and 24th for bars. any smoker or establishment that refuses to obey the law will face stiff fines. that's are the latest stories, back to you. >> shannon: thank you, caroline. national association of is your ban hospitals are calling on members of to rethink regulations, especially cutting medicare payments. molly henneberg takes a look how tt affect hospitals treating low income patients. >> at howard university hospital in washington d.c., also a level one trauma center, about 20% of patients walk in the door uninsured. although many
while karzai had to survive while he was being neglected, he is a pashtun. however, he is a peaceful one. his father was a parliamentarian. he himself is not pocketing money, or whatever. host: we're going to let it go there and let john newman reply. guest: i know we are short on time. it is crucial and my son talked to me about all the time how important it is, and the soldiers know that, to treat the local population while group a lot of their medics were training kids from the -- were treating kids from the village who were being hurt by the mortars from the taliban who could not shoot them very well. and we are expanding considerably the civilian effort t. host: how does that compare with vietnam? guest: we suffered in the early years of the war for not having paid attention to that. host: jon newman teaches courses in soviet, chinese, and east asian history. this is his book. you can try to track and online. thanks for being with us this morning. that will about do it for washed -- for "washington journal" this morning. we will be back at 7:00 a.m. eastern tomorro
was -- >> the karzai government -- >> i think again this is one that is also better directed to the state department i think it is probably a sign of some progress house odd as that may sound that there is a healthy give-and-take between the branches of government and in a space afghanistan where the parliament, the legislature is saying we are not going to necessarily rubber-stamp the president's cabinet choices. we have checks and balances here, the congress has to confirm every cabinet selection here and a similar thing is going on there. with that said we have a process as quickly as possible because the government in afghanistan is something that needs to improve quickly and the longer there is limbo the more difficult that becomes. yes, go ahead. >> [inaudible] -- about to happen in yemen and the u.s. but already some of the top leaders pushed back of the exact level of taking from the u.s. and and and -- does that told the u.s. caused with operations to help identify [inaudible] >> i haven't seen the comments which you refer. i've seen other comments from the many military or civilian leaders t
and eventual victory by hamid karzai. they discuss the presidential elections for this may. it was held at the u.s. institute of peace in washington, d.c. >> good morning, everyone. we can proceed. thank everyone for coming. my name is john dempsey with the u.s. institute of peace, based in afghanistan. i have the privilege of actually being here in washington this week for this, our first public event on afghanistan of 2010. i'm so happy we have such a good turnout, i recognize some faces here, see a lot of people i haven't seen around before and i look forward to a frank discussion with our distinguished panelist today on a subject that clearly has been getting a lot of attention over the last year, given what we saw in the difficult election season in afghanistan last year but that also has not yet gone away. i think once we got through the difficult process of the elections last year, people were breathing a collective sigh of relief that we moved on and could actually get on with governance and moving toward with strategic objectives in the country, but yet, we have another electio
blocked karzai's plan to governor for kabul. she interweaves a very well- written and interestingly a history that is a well-written, well-organized and based on her own research with original sources. a second really important understanding of the country can be gotten from the book "the opium season," which details a year in which he was involved as a -- a subcontractor in u.s.a.i.d. efforts in 2004-2005 to provide alternative livelihood's to draw with a workforce from opium production. it gives a view of the violence, tribal and warlord relations, and moreover, it shows the bureaucratic profiteering and dysfunction that is increasing the complexity and cost of our involvement, not just in war, but in development. a third source, and i think it is outstanding if you want to understand the country is stored, who within weeks after the fall of the taliban locked to kabul in the winter, which is supposed to kill you -- what to kabul in the winter, which is supposed to value and described the bill which experience in a week -- and described that experience in a way in which any develo
counts of first degree murder. afghanistan's parliament is rejecting 17 of president hamid karzai's 24 cabinet nominees and says that he has to make new selections. the head of the u.n. mission in afghanistan is calling the ruling a setback that will delay efforts to get a functioning government up and running. officials say karzai will now have to spend political energy nominating new choices when the country should be focused on needed reform. >> didn't take them because they're corrupt. >> really. >> this is' heavy snow falling in salem, massachusetts and some strong winds, let's get a check on all of this from rick reichmuth in the weather center. >> the northeast has been pummelled with more wind and snow and that area of low pressure, the downer clock-wise circulation has gotten so wound up. warm air across the north side of that. bangor maine, 36 degrees. burlington vermont, 10 degrees. cold air across the eastern two-thirds of the country. if you want warm temps go far out towards the west and the satellite radar picture for us is going to be continuing to show a little bit of
that his concerns about president karzai are any different today? that anything has changed since -- >> again, i don't want to get into discussing those cables. i would simply say that at the conclusion of the election, the president had -- president obama had a conversation with president karzai. i think you heard the president speak clearly at west point and since then about the need to take governance seriously. that there was not an open-ended blank check for waste and abuse going forward in afghanistan. and the president and his team, and particularly ambassador eikenberry would be paying close attention. >> understanding your refusal to increase operations -- or to move to north waziristan to the north for a year and that was pretty clear on that strategy that there be something on that side of the border going on. >> let me see what i can get from d.o.d. for you. >> back to the state of the union. ask about the tone, are we going to see the president chastened by massachusetts or of the any developments of the past year? are we seeing a feisty defiant president kind of like
barack obama, this is a push from president hamid karzai of afghanistan, and the nato-led can countries involved in the mission. the taliban say they will take advantage of that. joe? >> and we're also hearing about some type of a year-end message that was sent out by the taliban for 2009. what do they have to say in that? >> reporter: well, right now we're seeing a very confident taliban. the taliban have been confident for the past eight years, but this last year, 2009, their confidence has grown a lot. they had a year-end review in 2009 and a look-ahead for 2010, they're calling 2009 a very successful year. when it comes to their politics, when it comes to their military operations on the front line, as well as their public relations with the media. as for 2010, they're saying that they're going to launch major military operations come april. and that is the springtime, and obviously the beginning of what's known as the fighting season here in afghanistan. joe? >> atia abawi in kabul, thanks for that reporting. >>> and president obama is wishing the nation a happy new year, the presi
for the electoral process. it was a sickness can step. we are now watching closely as the karzai yet patrician and parliament put together the key ministers of the national government. we are going to continue our efforts in afghanistan but we also recognize, as the president outlined, we need to continue to move as rapidly as possible because clearly we want as i am sure the afghan people want to be able to see this transition where functions that may well be done today by the national community that we are building up the capacity for the government to be able to assume these responsibilities over the next couple of years. >> i have a question about a related country, and i would be human. haleh tomb are you to be anti-american, anti-western or antiforeign sentiment in yemen and do you have any concerns that those feelings would hinder or hurt your attempt to to help the yemenis government? >> well, i think we continue to look for ways in which we can support the yemeni government on military bases, civilian basis and economic basis and we are encouraged by the recent comments by the preside
. look at afghanistan with karzai, sure we support the united states, you are not going against supporting the united states. but back room deal. >> yemen is trying to get rid . >> president obama sanctioned the air strike specifically against alaki who is the iman who is tied to the fort hood shooter and abdullmuttallab . he managed to survive the air strike before christmas. >> and the president wrapped up counter terrorism against yemen and spent 67 million last year alone. five million in 2006 . it is ramped up the president is serious about that and airport security. we are finding out that the pat downs, one of the second screening efforts are effectism. you have an underwear bomber, how in the world is a pat down going to catch something. >> how is it that they are doing it? >> it wouldn't matter in i demonstrate you. >> do i have to do this? >> you cannot board the plane. >> this is all they do. they do the side touching and quick side touch that's it. >> that's it. >> and if the underwear bomber had stuff hidden where -- >> you're dangerous. the point is they are so pol
is the evidentry bar for that. is that smart to target drug dealers because karzai's brother is purporpted to be on the drug trade. is he on the target list? if not, what distinguishes him from one of the dealers who is? so a lot of interesting questions are posed and i think it's right to wonder why a program of assassination conducted in their name, people who don't feel like they have the right to find out about that. host: where did you get your information from? guest: various places. a lot from reporting done by other media. everything has been written about this as well as talking to intelligence, present and former senior intelligence officers. the ranking member of the intelligence committee, he got on our national security blog and commented on this. we put the question up, what do you know about this program? so various sources. think tank people, counter terrorism experts, both here and overseas. host: what was the reaction when you asked the question about the program and trying to learn more about it? guest: i think a lot of people thought it's a good idea to -- i'll tell you
these countries face huge challenges. literally just in staying alive. i got to know karzai what a first arrived in afghanistan in 2002 when he had only been in office for a few weeks. eight years later he is still in office facing extraordinarily y challenges. there clearly are a lot of problems. i got to know him personally. but never had he might be wearing at the moment, one thing i am persuaded of is that he is an afghan nationalists. host: next phone call riverhead, new york. caller: ambassador, good morning. i had the recent experience that the third person i talked to came from iraq mentioned it to me that the came from mesopotamia and blamed england for forming a country. they did not bear animosity towards us for coming over there, but felt the only way their country could survived between the different factions was to have a dictatorship. i was wondering if you had experience with any of those ideas? guest: there are as many ideas in iraq about the direction of governance as you might find it in this country. borders throughout the region are artificial in many cases. those borders
the president karzai can't count on parliaments report. most of his nominees expressed discontent with the candidates competence. the "new york times" says 17 were rejected and 17 approved. all but one are currently cabinet ministers the president's office had no comment on friday. they said the news conference would be held today. the effect where is difficult to predict it's he'll try to make recess appointments once the parliament leads for the winter break but there's a deep divide between the president and parliament and could leave a number of ministry as drift under deputy ministers that lack political power. this morning from the "new york times". ellen from sunnyville new york. is yemen the new front on terrorism? caller: absolutely. this president and e reck holder don't get it. they're going into more, al qaeda is going into regions where they understand this president won't do anything to the countries that don't have the capabilities we have and nobody is talking about the fact that this animal, actually was going to kill innocent women and children on an airplane ca
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